"I have never done a perfect thing and I am aware of the questionability of the notion of perfection of an idea that I perceive or of the idea of pure ideas."
Only in our minds we can form an idea of something that is perfect. Byars is conscious of the fact that he will never be able to make 'the perfect' into something tangible. Nevertheless, we must understand his art as a manifestation of his ideas about perfection. His art visually represents his quest and simultaneously reminds us of the notion, that perfection cannot be made palpable.
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The Perfect Place ( is on...
James Lee Byars, The Perfect Place ( is on Top of Your Head) , 1976. Performance.
The Intellectual Murderer...
James Lee Byars, The Intellectual Murderer Shoes, 1975. Installation, fabric, shoes, 23 x 33 x 13 cm.